‘Active criminal investigation’ into police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr.; sheriff says deputies were wearing body cameras

Andrew Brown Jr., the father of 10 children, was fatally shot as he drove away from sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant

Authorities in North Carolina held a press conference Wednesday afternoon after a sheriff’s deputy or deputies fatally shot a man in Elizabeth City Wednesday morning.

Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy Wooten II led the press conference on Wednesday afternoon, when he confirmed that Andrew Brown Jr. was the man killed Wednesday morning while Pasquotank Sheriff’s deputies were attempting to execute a search warrant. As CrimeOnline previously reported, local reports indicated that Brown was shot as he attempted to drive away from deputies serving the warrant at an address on Perry Street. Witness reported hearing six to eight gunshots.

Andrew Womble, District Attorney for Pasquotank County and surrounding areas, characterized the probe into the fatal shooting as an “active criminal investigation.”

‘”What we are going to be looking for are accurate answers, not fast answers,” Womble said.

Sheriff Wooten said at the news conference that the deputies involved were wearing body cams that were activated at the time of the incident, and said he had not yet reviewed the footage. The sheriff would not confirm how many shots were fired and said that and additional details would be revealed as the investigation progresses.

“We will be transparent with this situation.” Wooten said.

The deputy or deputies who fatally shot Brown have not yet been identified.

According to WAVY, Brown was 40 years old and leaves behind 10 children.

Watch a recording of Wednesday’s press conference at WAVY.com.

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